Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, two former presidents of the United States of America, just to make this Monday a short evaluation visit to Port-au-Prince, the devastated capital. This question is for those visitors contribute to the reconstruction of Haiti.
In his short speech, the 43rd President of the United States (2001-2006) made clear that his mission is, inter alia, to "help President Clinton and remind the American people that he is still suffering and lot of work to do here. " My mission is also said that U.S. politicians that the international press dubbed the architect of the Iraq war, to "fill the gaps in humanitarian projects.
"We know that there are several problems with the camps with sanitation and with people who do not feel safe in places. We must move these people, "said his side Bill Clinton, 64 years, which was the third visit to the country since January 12. Apparently determined on this, the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001) was to meet after leaving the National Palace, representatives of the private sector to see what can be done short term to address this situation.
For Clinton, it is not only to help in this emergency, but must also contribute to the economic development of Haiti over the long term. This was, he said, the main topic of conversation with Mr. Preval. They also had discussions about the HOPE Act, signed by Bush and Clinton. It was about what can be done in the context of creating jobs in Haiti. In this regard, Mr. Clinton said he was approached by Korean firms and Brazil who are willing to invest in Haiti. "I think if you can do in the short term, we must create more than 100 000 jobs in Haiti," says he.
After talking to the press, the two American statesmen have visited the site of the Hotel of the country where thousands of homeless are housed. There, a group of people, boys mostly, chanted slogans against adverse Preval and Bush. And because each entry to a major foreign person, they took the opportunity to seek the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile in South Africa. The latter was disqualified under the government of George Bush in 2004.
Mobilized by Barack Obama and members of the Coordinating Commission for Assistance to Haiti, Clinton and Bush seek to raise funds through the "reconstruction" of the country devastated in part by the devastating earthquake of January 12 and where the needs are still small. A website, www.clintonbushhaitifund.org was created to receive donations from those who want to help the country.
Meanwhile, the eyes are fixed on March 31, when the donor conference in New York. Bill Clinton will propose to the donors to release more money for Haiti and will ensure that this money is well spent.
Victor Jean Junior
Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation